Carrot desserts can be made whenever you feel like them because the tapered crispy orange roots will store well right in the garden even in cold winter climates. Carrots actually sweeten up when touched by frost. If you live in an area with early cold and snow, lay down a heavy mulch over your carrot bed so that the soil won't freeze and carrots will be easy to pull as needed for fall/winter use.
Tomatoes need to be completely harvested before the first frost, although you can stretch the season a bit by covering plants with spun bound row cover or even sheets; be sure they are supported around and over the plants. To be honest, I usually don't bother, but pick all my green tomatoes as soon as frosts threaten. If they have even a hint of red or blush, they are wonderful to use for crunchy fried green tomatoes, green tomato jam, or marmalade, or pair with apples for green tomato and apple pies.
The stars of the dessert tray, when it comes to the fall garden, are hard-shelled winter squashes like Butternut, Buttercup, Banana, and Kabocha, and all kinds, colors, and sizes of pumpkins. Harvest these long-keeping "fruits of the vine" after they are well colored and their outer rinds are tough and cannot be pierced with a fingernail. The vines will often have dried up or died back by this time. Pick them with a little "handle" of stem attached, and then cure them in the garden in full sun for a week or two if weather permits.
Store these long keepers in a cool dry place to use a needed for as long as 3 to 5 months. The flesh of both pumpkins and winter squashes is chock full of healthy vitamins, especially vitamin A, and lots of healthy fiber. Its taste pairs well with rich warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, as well as sweet flavorings like honey and maple syrup. Many winter squashes have naturally sweet flesh that when cooked has a wonderful nutty quality and flaky texture.
Renee's Garden Seeds
Pumpkin, "Holiday Mix"
Pumpkin, Baby "Mini Jack"
Pumpkin, "Cinderella's Carriage"
Pumpkin, "Wyatt's Wonder"
To purchase these and other Renee's Garden Seeds,
Try these great recipes from Renee's cookbooks:
Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Orange Cheesecake